Relaxation Program

The Purpose

To provide a safe, caring atmosphere where relaxation can be learned and experienced – using soft music, guided imagery, and gentle touch.

Group Leaders

Our Relaxation sessions are facilitated by trained volunteers, knowledgeable in the areas of:

  • Relaxation techniques
  • Hospice Care
  • Grief support
  • Emotional stress due to life-threatening illness
  • Emotional stress due to caring for a loved one that is dying
  • The benefits of relaxation and quality of life

Relaxation Sessions

Relaxation sessions are available to,

  • Palliative clients in their home and at the hospital, hospice residence, care facility at our Centre;
  • Family and friends that are caregivers to their dying loved one;
  • Volunteers that companion palliative clients and their loved ones;
  • Volunteers that companion grieving clients;
  • Participants in any one of our grief support groups, including children and youth.

Why Relaxation?

  • Grief depresses the immune system, leave one vulnerable to illness.
  • Relaxation techniques have proven to be effective in boosting the immune system.
  • Grieving people often suffer with insomnia. Relaxation can develop the capacity to fall asleep or to relax enough to allow sleep to come.
  • Relaxation provides a natural way to harness the grieving person’s healing abilities.
  • How we feel physically can be influenced by the mind. When we relax our heart rate, metabolism, oxygen consumption and respiration slow down. Blood pressure and muscle tension are lowered.
  • Relaxation can stimulate the release of endorphins and stimulate the immune system.
  • Relaxation may increase feelings of calm and comfort.

Relaxation means releasing all concern and tension and letting the natural order of life flow through one’s being.

Donald Curtis

Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.

Etty Hillesum

For fast acting relief try slowing down.

Lily Tomlin

Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths.

Etty Hillesum

There is more to life than increasing its speed.

Lucy Fraser
Lucy FraserDirector of Programs
To learn more about the Chilliwack Hospice Society Relaxation Program, call Lucy at (604) 795-4660.

Referrals to Chilliwack Hospice Society may be made by the patient, family, attending physician, social worker or health care provider. There is no cost for our services.